Brrr, temperature is dropping. How low can it go?
We have had a really warm winter up until recently so I think I must be getting soft. Today as I was bundling up to get in my car and drive to the rink, I asked myself, “Why are you going where there is just more ice?”
But the rink felt warm in comparison to the outdoors. There was a young policeman at the rink today (don’t worry, he didn’t come for me!) and he said I was lucky to have an activity where I didn’t have to be outside.
And winter can be really beautiful around here. The air is absolutely devoid of moisture and your breath freezes in your nostrils. The way houses breathe can be seen in the patterns of ice that form in the windows. It’s impossible to capture how beautiful these fractal patterns are, but I tried.
Anyway, being on the ice (as well as being surrounded by ice) was great too. I’m starting get the hang of these blades. And after thinking about keeping my hips as level and sit bones as close together as possible, my left side balance is way better. Foot and knee pain seem under control, too.
We’re promised a brief thaw before the temperatures drop again, but my spirits are not going up and down with the weather. I’ll keep myself at a constant 24-26 degrees (according to this article, the best for figure skating!)